February is Career & Technical Education Month. Career and technical education (CTE) plays a major role in strengthening the U.S. workforce, and thereby American competitiveness, by readying students for both college and careers through the integration of academic, technical and employability skills; by partnering with business and industry; and by emphasizing the attainment of meaningful creditials.
What is Career and Technical Education (CTE)?
- CTE encompasses 94 percent of high school students.
- Is delivered flexibly through high schools, area career centers, career academies, community and technical colleges, four-year universities and more.
- Educates students for a range of career options through 16 Career Clusters and 79+ pathways.
- Features high school and postsecondary partnerships, enabling clear pathways to certifications and degrees.
- Partners with businesses to prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce.
- Fulfills employer needs in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand areas.
- Prepares students to be college- and career-ready by providing core academic skills, employability skills and technical, job-specific skills.
Career technical education provides students:
- academic subject matter taught with relevance to the real world.
- employability skills, from job-related skills to workplace ethics.
- career pathways that link secondary and postsecondary education.
- second-chance education and training.
- education for additional training and degrees, especially related to workplace training, skills upgrades and career advancement.
See how Barton CTE programs are changing lives:
CTE month will culminate with a Career Technical Education Fair open to the public from noon-2:30 p.m. February 28 in the Case New Holland Shop in the Northeast side of the Technical Building. Registration opens at noon. The fair will feature demonstrations, hands-on-activities, refreshments, prizes and photo ops with the Barton mascot. To sign up, contact Denise Schreiber at (620) 792-9324 or email@example.com.
Students in eighth grade through seniors in high school are invited to attend a keynote address and tours beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium lobby in the Fine Arts Building on campus.